By Andre Brink
On a farm close to the Cape Colony within the early 19th century, a slave uprising kills 3 and leaves 11 others condemned to loss of life. The rebellion’s chief, Galant, was once raised along the men who could turn into his masters. His first sufferer, Nicholas van der Merwe, could have been his brother. because the many layers of Andre Brink’s novel spread, it turns into transparent that the violent rebellion is as a lot a end result of kin tensions because it is an outcry opposed to the oppression of slavery. Spanning 3 generations and narrated within the voices of either the residing and the lifeless, a series of Voices is comparable to William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!; it's a appealing and haunting representation of racism’s plague on South Africa.
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The light shining pinkly through her ears as she turned her head. ” I took her away with me. Luckily it was moonlight. Urging on the oxen across the Cape Flats. Alida sobbing in the wagon, hitting me with her small fists when I tried to comfort her; but I held them tightly in one hand and calmed her down. When she started crying again, it was a different sound. The wagon swaying and creaking under our bodies in the night, the single lantern swinging wildly under the canvas roof. Like a dream. All the time I expected to wake 26 chainofvoices_internals 7/16/07 4:33 PM Page 27 A CHAIN OF VOICES up and find her gone.
From now on it’s no longer MaRose but Ontong who supervises me and shows me the ropes. But she is always there to return to. In the beginning the work is easy. Gathering wood or dung-cakes. Feeding the chickens and keeping them out of the vegetable garden. Chasing birds in the wheatfields and the orchards in summer: the sun blazing down until you can hardly see straight as you march up and down beating a bucket with a stick and shouting yourself hoarse. Long before sunrise the cicadas start screeching, going on till dark on one single note.
Many of them we’d never seen before. Horses. Carriages. Wagons. Some on foot, each with his gift of food and drink. A whole row of oxen on the spit. Lambs and pigs. Game: springbok, hartebeest, bontebok, pheasant, bustard, wild duck, any living moving thing, pure or impure according to Scripture. Lasted a full week. And when we were too exhausted to move we called Rose to dance her wild reels for us. What a body she had in those days. Strange race, the Hottentots: smooth and beautiful until they’re twenty or thirty; then they grow old overnight.
A Chain of Voices by Andre Brink